Ezekiel 35-37 Revised Standard Version

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The Prophecy against Mount Seir

35 1  The word of the Lord came to me: 2  "Son of man, set your face against Mount Se'ir, and prophesy against it, 3  and say to it, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, Mount Se'ir, and I will stretch out my hand against you, and I will make you a desolation and a waste. 4  I will lay your cities waste, and you shall become a desolation; and you shall know that I am the Lord. 5  Because you cherished perpetual enmity, and gave over the people of Israel to the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, at the time of their final punishment; 6  therefore, as I live, says the Lord GOD, I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; because you are guilty of blood, therefore blood shall pursue you. 7  I will make Mount Se'ir a waste and a desolation; and I will cut off from it all who come and go. 8  And I will fill your mountains with the slain; on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those slain with the sword shall fall. 9  I will make you a perpetual desolation, and your cities shall not be inhabited. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

10  "Because you said, 'These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will take possession of them,' --although the Lord was there-- 11  therefore, as I live, says the Lord GOD, I will deal with you according to the anger and envy which you showed because of your hatred against them; and I will make myself known among you, when I judge you. 12  And you shall know that I, the Lord, have heard all the revilings which you uttered against the mountains of Israel, saying, 'They are laid desolate, they are given us to devour.' 13  And you magnified yourselves against me with your mouth, and multiplied your words against me; I heard it. 14  Thus says the Lord GOD: For the rejoicing of the whole earth I will make you desolate. 15  As you rejoiced over the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so I will deal with you; you shall be desolate, Mount Se'ir, and all Edom, all of it. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

The Future Restoration of Israel

36 1  "And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and say, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord. 2  Thus says the Lord GOD: Because the enemy said of you, 'Aha!' and, 'The ancient heights have become our possession,' 3  therefore prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Because, yea, because they made you desolate, and crushed you from all sides, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and you became the talk and evil gossip of the people; 4  therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD: Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains and the hills, the ravines and the valleys, the desolate wastes and the deserted cities, which have become a prey and derision to the rest of the nations round about; 5  therefore thus says the Lord GOD: I speak in my hot jealousy against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, who gave my land to themselves as a possession with wholehearted joy and utter contempt, that they might possess it and plunder it. 6  Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel, and say to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I speak in my jealous wrath, because you have suffered the reproach of the nations; 7  therefore thus says the Lord GOD: I swear that the nations that are round about you shall themselves suffer reproach. 8  "But you, O mountains of Israel, shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people Israel; for they will soon come home. 9  For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown; 10  and I will multiply men upon you, the whole house of Israel, all of it; the cities shall be inhabited and the waste places rebuilt; 11  and I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and be fruitful; and I will cause you to be inhabited as in your former times, and will do more good to you than ever before. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 12  Yea, I will let men walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess you, and you shall be their inheritance, and you shall no longer bereave them of children. 13  Thus says the Lord GOD: Because men say to you, 'You devour men, and you bereave your nation of children,' 14  therefore you shall no longer devour men and no longer bereave your nation of children, says the Lord GOD; 15  and I will not let you hear any more the reproach of the nations, and you shall no longer bear the disgrace of the peoples and no longer cause your nation to stumble, says the Lord GOD."

16  The word of the Lord came to me: 17  "Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their ways and their doings; their conduct before me was like the uncleanness of a woman in her impurity. 18  So I poured out my wrath upon them for the blood which they had shed in the land, for the idols with which they had defiled it. 19  I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries; in accordance with their conduct and their deeds I judged them. 20  But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that men said of them, 'These are the people of the Lord, and yet they had to go out of his land.' 21  But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel caused to be profaned among the nations to which they came. 22  "Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. 23  And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them; and the nations will know that I am the Lord, says the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. 24  For I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land.

25  I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26  A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. 28  You shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29  And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses; and I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you. 30  I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. 31  Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominable deeds. 32  It is not for your sake that I will act, says the Lord GOD; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel. 33  "Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt. 34  And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that it was in the sight of all who passed by. 35  And they will say, 'This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now inhabited and fortified.' 36  Then the nations that are left round about you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places, and replanted that which was desolate; I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it. 37  "Thus says the Lord GOD: This also I will let the house of Israel ask me to do for them: to increase their men like a flock. 38  Like the flock for sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they will know that I am the Lord."

The Valley of Dry Bones

37 1  The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; it was full of bones. 2  And he led me round among them; and behold, there were very many upon the valley; and lo, they were very dry. 3  And he said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And I answered, "O Lord GOD, thou knowest." 4  Again he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5  Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6  And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord." 7  So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8  And as I looked, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. 9  Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." 10  So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great host. 11  Then he said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, 'Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off.' 12  Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you home into the land of Israel. 13  And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14  And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done it, says the Lord."

The Prophecy concerning the Reunion of Judah and Israel

15  The word of the Lord came to me: 16  "Son of man, take a stick and write on it, 'For Judah, and the children of Israel associated with him'; then take another stick and write upon it, 'For Joseph (the stick of E'phraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him'; 17  and join them together into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. 18  And when your people say to you, 'Will you not show us what you mean by these?' 19  say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (which is in the hand of E'phraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him; and I will join with it the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, that they may be one in my hand. 20  When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes, 21  then say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all sides, and bring them to their own land; 22  and I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. 23  They shall not defile themselves any more with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will save them from all the backslidings in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 24  "My servant David shall be king over them; and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall follow my ordinances and be careful to observe my statutes. 25  They shall dwell in the land where your fathers dwelt that I gave to my servant Jacob; they and their children and their children's children shall dwell there for ever; and David my servant shall be their prince for ever. 26  I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. 27  My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28  Then the nations will know that I the Lord sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary is in the midst of them for evermore."

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